- The presidency has congratulated Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo for his contributions in the area of security in the state
- This came as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, was in the state to commission the police and prisons headquarters
- However, Okorocha condemned the activities of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in Imo, alleging that he is being harassed by the agency
President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, during the commissioning of the ultra-modern police headquarters and prisons headquarters in Imo, congratulated Governor Rochas Okorocha for impact on security.
Commissioning the projects on Thursday, May 23, Osinbajo said: “Let me on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari congratulate Governor Rochas Okorocha for his support to the federal government of Nigeria in its efforts at handling the criminal justice system. The governor’s role in the area of security speaks volume. You have done well.”
However, on his part, Okorocha decried the conduct of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and how it has affected the state adversely, The Sun reports.
The governor said: “One of the things EFCC is investigating is the N500 million paid to school children across the state as stipends. That made the EFCC to close down the account of Imo state for the past three months.
"And no activity is going on in the state again. I think it is not very fair for a state that has performed very well and has also performed to uplift the name of APC beyond doubt.”
“I have done my party proud but what I get at the end of it all is seizure of my Certificate of Return and harassment by the EFCC. It does not give me joy. EFCC should come to the state and assess all the projects executed by his administration rather than this unnecessary harassment.
“In this state, education is free from primary through secondary to university levels. Though understandably, education is free at primary level, but here we provide them with uniforms, lockers, chairs, shoes and even stipends.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that youths of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the southeast on Wednesday, May 22, surrounded the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asking for the release of the Certificate of Return of Okorocha.
In a letter signed by Olisaemeka Onyeka, the APC southeast zonal youth leader gave INEC till Monday, May 27, to release the certificate, adding that the commission has no right to withhold the document.
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